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Naomi Osaka releases "Role Model" Barbie doll
The Barbie collectable item sold out within hours of going live.
Published Jul 12, 2021
Naomi Osaka is officially a Barbie girl in the Barbie world. Meet the newest "Role Model" doll!
Osaka first partnered up with toy company Mattel back in 2019, when she was honored as one of Barbie’s “Shero” dolls. The vision was that these dolls would inspire younger generations, who will eventually become leaders and role models themselves, as a way to celebrate Barbie’s 60th anniversary. On Monday, the world No. 2’s doll was finally released as a "Barbie Role Model."
The Barbie Role Model Naomi Osaka doll is a spot-on, plastic version of the 23-year-old, down to each little detail. Her outfit is a miniature replica of the Nike dress Osaka wore at the 2020 Australian Open, along with the same visor and hair style she sported at the tournament. The tiny tennis racquet is even modeled after her own Yonex. The doll costs $29.99, but fans rushed to grab the signature doll and its now sold out on Barbie.Mattel.com and Amazon within hours of going live.
Osaka took to Instagram to share her sentiments: “I really hope every child is reminded that they can be and do anything. This is really seeing a dream of mine come to life, having your own Barbie and potentially seeing little kids playing with it.” Friends and fans shared their support, from Coco Gauff to Reggie Bush. The former football star commented, “My daughter wants one.”
Osaka is carefully making her way back into the spotlight. She won the "Best Athlete, Women's Sports" award at the ESPYs just a couple of days ago, in her first public appearance since withdrawing from the French Open. She is also preparing to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics, where she will undoubtedly be a fan favorite.